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Sharks hoping to close out Predators quickly

Nashville in familiar spot in series, but can't rely on repeat of first-round comeback

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent


Western Conference Second Round

Sharks lead best-of-7 series 3-2

TV: CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2

NASHVILLE -- The San Jose Sharks will try to close out the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

The Sharks hope to replicate the effort they had in their 5-1 win in Game 5 on Saturday and end the series in their first opportunity.

"[The Predators] have been resilient at times throughout the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs, and we're going to have to be good," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "It's a game where you have to put a team away, and you've really got to beat them. So we need to come out and establish that mindset."

The Predators were in the same situation against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, trailing 3-2 in that series and then winning Games 6 and 7.

"We shouldn't rest on that," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "We shouldn't just assume that it's going to happen. There's a lot that goes into those situations and I do think that you can take some confidence from that, knowing that you've been here before and you've done it before. But with that we've got to make sure that the mindset's right.

"We've got to change our game and our attitude from Game 5 to Game 6 to be in a better place. Knowing our guys, I'm sure they'll do that tonight. But we've got a lot of work to do to dig out of a hole that we're in and the situation that we're in."

Here are the projected lineups:


Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi

Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Joel Ward

Melker Karlsson - Nick Spaling - Dainius Zubrus

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon - Roman Polak

Martin Jones

James Reimer

Injured: None

Scratched: Tommy Wingels, Micheal Haley, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Tennyson


Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Craig Smith

Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - James Neal

Calle Jarnkrok - Mike Ribeiro - Viktor Arvidsson

Miikka Salomaki - Paul Gaustad - Colton Sissons

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis

Barret Jackman - Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Injured: Gabriel Bourque (upper body), Cody Bass (lower body)

Scratched: Eric Nystrom, Austin Watson, Petter Granberg, Pontus Aberg

Status report: Zubrus, who made his series debut in Game 5, will play again in Game 6, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.

Who's hot: Couture has four goals and three assists in the series. … Fisher has four goals in the series, including three in the past two games.

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